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Video: Duluth Mayor on snow cleanup: 'Duluth deserves better'

Dec 04, 2019 10:27AM ● By Editor

Watch the Duluth Mayor's press conference here

Image: KARE 11 News

By Emily Haavik of KARE 11 News - December 4, 2019

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson has issued a statement apologizing for an "embarrassing" delay in the snow cleanup process after a massive weekend blizzard.

Larson posted on her public Facebook page Wednesday, saying "As a city, we have let you down in our response to this storm. As Mayor, I take full responsibility."

Larson said that pockets of the city are still untouched and two schools remain closed Wednesday.

"We are working thru what has gone wrong," she wrote. "To have pockets of our city still untouched this morning is embarrassing and not in keeping with the basic expectations every resident deserves to have for how government needs to show up for you."

Duluth was buried in nearly 20 inches of snow Sunday morning after a huge storm rolled through. Park Point closed to nonresidents. A section of Interstate 35 was closed. The Aerial Lift Bridge got stuck. The storm even took out an iconic landmark along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Larson said the city will be announcing free childcare options Wednesday for families impacted by the school closures.

She wrote in her statement on Facebook, "Thanks for believing in what is possible when we do everything right. And for knowing and being honest with me when we get it wrong."

To read the original article and see related storm reporting, follow this link to he KARE 11 website.